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Quality of life -- Measurement, Urban transportation policy -- Social aspects, Local transit accessibility


In this multidisciplinary research project we aimed to study mobility challenges that refugees in Tucson, AZ, experience after their resettlement. Using qualitative and quantitative data collected from interviews and survey data, we argue that mobility shapes the ways refugees foster social connections, attain employment and access educational opportunities. Accordingly, barriers to mobility negatively impact refugees’ perception of well-being in post resettlement. However, these challenges are not experienced evenly. Nor are refugees passive subjects who lack agency in overcoming various barriers they experience. The study reveals the resilience of the refugee community in navigating the intersectional challenges they confront related to their mobility. We hope that the implications of this study can inform various stakeholders to better support refugees in navigating existing mobility and transportation challenges and to promote policy change that can increase better spatial mobility for all Tucson community members.


This is a final report, NITC-RR-1377, from the NITC program of TREC at Portland State University, and may be found online at

Principal Investigator: Orhon Myadar Co-Investigators: Arlie Adkins, Maia Ingram, Nicole Iroz-Elardo Student assistants: Nga Luna Chung, Sarah Clark, Nic Daniels, Chandler Smith



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